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About me

I am a native Italian speaker and I work as a body-oriented counsellor in Ealing, West London, offering individual sessions to adults, both in English and Italian and leading workshops and process groups.

I can give support through a wide range of matters such as:

  • emotional distress or behavioural issues (e.g. doubts, fears, worries, anger, emotions and feelings you are not comfortable with)
  • relationships difficulties (e.g. partner, family, friends, colleagues) or parenting issues
  • crisis or coping with change and transitions
  • loss and bereavement
  • existential and spiritual matters

Solid alternatives to purely cognitive approaches and talk therapies, Core Energetics and BioGestalt are my theoretical models, all of which are holistic body-oriented approaches within the wider field of humanistic therapies. More information about my way of working can be found on my website.

All the skills I am trained in are brought to the sessions, according to each individual needs.

Training, qualifications & experience

I encountered Core Energetics in my personal journey of growth in 2006, and decided to take the related training course in 2009 at the Italian Institute of Core Energetics. I completed the fourth year of training, obtaining the relevant certificate, in 2013 and the fifth year of specialisation, obtaining the relevant diploma, in the following year.

I also completed the third and final year of training at SIBiG (Italian School of BioGestalt®) in 2014. This other BioGestalt counselling course primarily combines the Bioenergetics and Gestalt approaches.

From 2014 until 2016 I was a tutor at the Netherlands Institute of Core Energetics (NICE) on one of their four-year training courses for therapists and care professionals who wish to become Core Energetics practitioners.

I regularly attend conferences, workshops and further training to keep current and deepen my professional knowledge, while I follow the shamanic Sweet Medicine SunDance Path (SMSD) for my personal and spiritual growth, attending the Red Lodge Longhouse program in Italy.

Regarding my professional memberships, in 2015 I passed the examination of professional evaluation, obtaining the Certificate of Quality and Professional Qualification of Services by AssoCounseling, the largest professional body for counselling in Italy, of which I am a registered member (Advanced Counsellor level).

I also am a BACP Registered Member and listed in their Register for Counsellors and Psychotherapists, having passed their Certificate of Proficiency assessment in 2018.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Lack of energy, interest and motivation
  • Feelings of frustration, irritability or anger issues
  • Inability to make choices
  • Adjusting to new situations or new culture
  • Consciousness evolution and personal growth
  • Existential and spiritual issues

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Additional information

It is my policy to offer the introductory session free of charge.

If we decide to work together, fees for the following sessions will be agreed at the introductory session.

Concessionary rates.

When I work

Flexible hours

Type of session

In person

Types of client


Key details

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